Where To Live Whilst At Medical School

October 21, 2013

You are a planning on joining medical school and you’ve done a whole lot of research on various colleges, the courses they offer, fees, financial aid options and just about everything you can think about but have to thought about where you are going to live? Most medical school aspirants do not give this more than a few minutes’ thought if at all but the fact is you will be at the school for a minimum of four years. That is a long time and the place you live in during that time will matter a great deal.


A Gap Medics student shadowing the dentist in Iringa, Tanzania You will have to maintain crazy study and work schedules and would probably end up studying into the wee hours of the morning more often than not. Also, you will want some peace of mind when you are done with a tiring day. With this in mind, let’s take a look at the different accommodation options that could be available to you while you are in medical school.


  • Dorms – Most colleges have dorms while others may provide apartment accommodation as well. Yes, you will have to pay for the privilege and you will need to decide whether the rates suit your budget. Depending on which college you go to, dorm costs can work out to almost $10,000 per year if you choose to have a room to yourself. The double occupancy dorms will be a little cheaper.


Living in a dorm or a hall at the college has some distinct advantages and disadvantages. Some students enjoy the freedom that living at a dorm offers. They are away from home probably for the first time and like the fact that they have some freedom.


Gap Medics student Asiya shadowing nurses in the neonatal department at Maharaj Hospital in Thailand But there are some downsides to this kind of living as well. At a residence hall, life can be fraught with distractions. The environment can be very disorienting for some people as there are always a large number of students around and there are bound to be parties some time or the other. If you are staying at a dorm or a hall, chances are, you will be heading to the library, every time you need to get some work done. This can be both inconvenient and disconcerting.


  • Apartments– Some colleges have apartments on campus or you can opt for apartments that are off the campus premises. Either ways, you might have to share the apartment with someone. Though you will definitely have a bedroom to yourself, common spaces like the living room and kitchen facilities will have to be shared. This might be suitable if you are able to afford the rent and of course are in sync with your room mate.


  • Living at home– Now this option can be as appealing as it can be difficult. Your home is after all, your home. If the distance to the medical college is not too great, you might want to consider living at home. You will have your space and the comfort that you are used to but you will have to make a concerted effort to make time for your course studies. If your home is too far from your college, do not even consider this option. Commuting can prove to be a harrowing experience and you might not be left with a sufficient amount of study time or will have to give up on your social life altogether.


The Independent Phase

When you move into medical college, you are also transitioning into a different phase of your life. Living in a dorm or a college hall will help you lead a more self-sufficient and independent lifestyle. You will also forge some relationships while you are there. It is not always possible for everyone to live at home while they are studying in medical college.


Campus life

Living on campus will help you familiarize yourself with your school better. You will be able to participate freely in all the on-campus activities and feel more connected with your medical school. The choice you make will largely depend on the circumstances that exist in your home, your financial capacity, the location of your school and your personal preferences. Give this a sufficient amount of thought and make a wise decision that will help you maximize the benefits while minimizing the inconveniences.